Wildlife Traders Suspected of Shifting Focus from Conophytum to Other Tuberous and Bulbous Plants | Progress of Clean Internet for Conophytum (86)
2023/6/5 15:32:00 本站

On June 4, 2023, a volunteer with extensive experience in horticulture and e-commerce sent a message to the "Clean Internet for Conophytum" initiative: Since the launch of the CIC initiative by the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) in March 2023, after three months, the trade of wild Conophytum plants on major Chinese e-commerce platforms has significantly decreased.

Another representative from an online community of Conophytum enthusiasts mentioned that the wildlife traders, represented by individuals like "Dr Flower" (CHEN Qing) and the "South & North Union," who used to openly and brazenly sell wild-dug Conophytum plants, have now become silent and inactive. It is reported that this might be related to the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation's lawsuit against Dr Flower (CHEN Qing). This environmental public interest litigation has become a benchmark in China's wildlife crimes groups, causing the wildlife traders to no longer dare to sell wild Conophytum plants.

"The demand for wild Conophytum plants from South Africa has significantly decreased in Chinese market. The sellers are afraid to sell, and buyers are now hesitant to purchase. The wildlife traders have shifted their targets," according the volunteer who has been monitoring cross-border illegal wildlife plant trade for years. "They have shifted to these tuberous and bulbous plants."

This presents a new challenge, and the "Clean Internet for Conophytum" initiative will remain vigilant and focused on this development.

Reporter: Chaubi

Contact: v10@cbcgdf.org; +8617319454776


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